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See what ESPN’s analytics say about Miami’s bowl chances

See what ESPN’s analytics say about Miami’s bowl chances

The Miami Hurricanes qualify for the regular season finale against Pittsburgh this week.


Entering the season, Miami and Pitt were considered the favorites to compete for the Coastal Division. The regular season results, however, did not play out that way.


Miami (5-6, 3-4) needs one more win to qualify for a bowl game.


Pittsburgh (7-4, 4-3) has won three straight after starting with a disappointing 4-4 ​​record. Panthers defeat Duke 28-26.


Since opening ACC play against North Carolina on Oct. 8, Miami has bounced back and forth between wins and losses.


The Hurricanes have won four straight against Pittsburgh, the last loss coming in 2017 when UM entered that game as the No. 2 seed, according to the College Football Playoff Rankings.


What does the ESPN Football Power Index project in this game?


FPI gives UM a 44.7 percent chance to win.


Here’s how FPI is calculated: The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that should be the best predictor of a team’s future performances by the end of the season. FPI shows how many points a team is above or below average. Predicted results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date and the rest of the schedule. Ratings and predictions are updated daily.


FPI ranks Miami as the No. 63 team in the country.


Pittsburgh is scoring 30.1 points per game this season while allowing 24.1 points per game.


Quarterback Kedon Slovis threw for 2,135 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. Running back Israel Obanikanda has been a workhorse for Pittsburgh’s offense this year, gaining 1,320 yards with 18 touchdowns on the ground.


Defensive back Kalia Kensi, a graduate of Miami Northwest High School, leads Pittsburgh’s defense with seven sacks and 46 quarterback hurries on the year. Pro Football Focus grades Kancey as having a 91.3 defense.


The last time Miami didn’t go to a bowl game was in 2011-12, when the Hurricanes were self-imposed a bowl ban due to an NCAA investigation. However, Miami was bowl eligible in those seasons.


The last time Miami was bowl-eligible was in 2007, the first season of the Randy Shannon era, when the Hurricanes went 5-7 that year.

Will Miami go bowling this year?


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